When my eldest started school, the hardest thing for me was not knowing her friends as well as I did when she as home. That first Kindergarten October we hosted a Halloween party for all the girls in her class so i could meet them and their parents - perfect solution!
And so a tradition was born! The last three years, my daughter has planned a costume party the weekend before Halloween for her new classroom friends. This year, the date didn't work in our schedule so instead we hosted a Halloween craft party for the girls. No costumes needed but plenty of craft time.
The girls created painted sparkly pumpkin spider webs and plasticine Halloween sculptures. The pumpkins are a great edition to a scary display on the porch or fancy enough for a proud place on a mantel or centerpiece. Our group of 7 year olds loved this multi-step craft but my younger kids (aged 2 and 4) also created their own versions too.
Small pumpkins (pie pumpkin size or even a gourd size pumpkin)
White paint (acrylic versus latex is better as it won't wash off)
Sparkles (black, white or silver or all colours!)
Black marker (permanent if your child is old enough to trust!! )
Plastic spider (or you could draw one on)
1. Paint the pumpkins white and cover all the orange. Avoid painting the stem which acts as a handle. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle the sparkles on so it dries in the paint.
2. Once the pumpkin is completely dry, trace the vertical lines of the pumpkin in black marker. Then connect the lines horizontally to create a spider web design on the pumpkin.
3. To add a spider to the pumpkin, either draw one on with the marker. Or glue gun on plastic spider on to create a 3D spider (we found a bag of 12 spiders at the dollar store).